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Accelerate Your Mac! News Archive for: 1/29/2001 Monday's NewsReturn to Accelerate Your Mac!

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Top stories of Jan 29th, 2001:

Color Classic G4 (using Cube motherboard)
One of the more interesting news links in tonight's listing from Barney Buoy was this article on using a G4 Cube motherboard in a Color Classic Case.
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Review of Acard AEC6712 Ultra-SCSI PCI Controller
Rick Pepper sent a review of Acard's AEC6712 Ultra-SCSI PCI Controller that sells for under $100.
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CPU Upgrades with Audio Apps:
A reader sent Issue #65 of our audio column covering CPU Upgrades with Audio Apps in pre-G3 Macs.
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Firmware Mod for 133MHz Bus Speeds on 100MHz Bus G4/AGP Macs:
Michiro Isobe sent an update to the Sawtooth (G4/AGP) CPU module page with info on how to set 133MHz bus speeds on G4/AGP systems that originally had 100MHz bus speeds. Note that this may not be reliable in your Mac, requires PC133 RAM and that the CPU module is set for 100MHz bus speeds, so the bus/cpu ratio would have to be changed (lowered) if the system bus was running 133MHz vs the original 100Mhz bus speed.
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PL Releases Beta of OS 9.1 Compatible Cache Enabler:
Powerlogix has released a public beta of their G3/G4 Cache Profiler (v.1.4b1) with OS 9.1 compatibility at www.powerlogix.com/support/betasoftware2.html. See the notes on installation on the download page.
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Daystar Genesis Systems For Sale:
I have two Genesis systems, one with a G4/400 upgrade and internal 4-drive RAID and another with a Quad (4 CPU) 180MHz 604e CPU card. I will sell one of them depending on the best offers received.
Some general info on these systems are below

Genesis System #1

  • Later model case
  • Includes G4/400 MHz Newer tech card
  • Dual UW SCSI PCI Cards (ATTO)
  • 4 drive SCSI RAID array (internal)
  • Granite Digital SCSI cables
  • ZIP drive (SCSI)
  • 512MB RAM (interleaved/matched 60ns 64MB Dimms)
  • Choice of video card (Formac Proformance3, ATI Rage128, etc.)
  • Apple SCSI CDROM drive
  • Apple keyboard and Mouse
  • Original box

For addtl info see this page

Genesis System 2

  • Early Prototype case
    (rivets vs. screws in back - rare)
    appears identical otherwise to later cases
  • new plastics on front (excellent condition)
  • Quad 180MHz 604e CPU card
  • UW PCI SCSI card
  • 9GB Cheetah UW SCSI drive
  • Apple SCSI CDROM drive
  • SCSI ZIP drive
  • up to 256MB FPM dimms (matched 64MB 60ns)

For pix of the Quad 180 card see this photo and this Quad180 card vs G3 card.

Also available rare Daystar tech manuals
(very complete, including pinouts, etc.)

I will only be selling one of the two - I want to keep one as a collectors' item.

If you're interested in either of these systems and want to make an offer, email me at newsNOSPAM@xlr8yourmac.com.

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$200 Rebate on EditDV 2.0 w/Free Upgrade to CineStream:
Gordon Bell of Media100 writes:

" Media 100 is pleased to announce that anyone that buys Digital Origin's EditDV 2.0 between now and February 28th will receive a free upgrade to the hot, new release CineStream (which replaces EditDV)..This gives customers a $200 price break on the new CineStream product since they'll get a $200 rebate for EditDV! Here's how it breaks out:
Buy EditDV now for $499. Get a $200 rebate, making your total cost just $299...When CineStream is released on February 28th, you get CineStream for free! (CineStream has an MSRP of $499). Read more about CineStream at www.media100.com/product/cinestream/
Gordon Bell
Sales Manager/ Key Accounts
Media 100"
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Rumors on Future 3dfx Driver Updates:
A reader posted a note in the forums this weekend that the x3dfx.com site had a note on possible future driver updates. I did not see any comments at their main page but did find the quote from Reid (VP of Engineering) dated 1/25/2001 in their Announcements forum that mentioned a possible beta driver update. I've written him to ask if this was PC related only. Elsewhere in their forums I found another thread with comments on warranty support and conflicting comments on drivers.
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CDRW/CD/DVD/HD Compatibility Database Updates:
The Drive Compatibility searchable database had 36 new entries added (current total 2,681) including more DVD ROM, CDROM, CDRW and Hard Drives entries. Included was one entry from a Umax owner with an SCSI to IDE adapter that reported great performance with the adapter and an IBM 75GXP IDE drive. There was also a 20th Anniv. Mac owner report with details on installing a Toshiba 20GB (notebook) drive (the TAM reportedly often has problems with large drives).
Entries from after midnight are added the following day. [BTW - the drive database is not a place to post questions, it's for reports on drives you've used. For guides to drive installs, see the IDE, SCI or Firewire articles here and/or the FAQ. Thanks.]

You can find full owner reports by searching the database by drive/brand/interface/mac models (the latest reports are shown first in searches).
If you've added a IDE, SCSI, Firewire or USB hard drive, CDRW, tape drive, etc. make sure you add a report to the database.

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CPU Upgrades Owner Ratings Database Updated:
The Rate Your CPU Upgrade database has been updated with 7 new reports (total to date: 5,150). [Entries from after midnight EST will be added the following day.]

  • Newer Tech G3/400 in Umax S900 (rated 9)
  • Sonnet G4/450 in 7100/66 (rated 8)
  • Sonnet G3/240 in 6100/60 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G3/333 in 7600/132 (rated 10)
  • Sonnet G3/300 in Umax C600/200 (rated 8)
  • Sonnet G3/333 in PowerBook 1400cs/166 (rated 9)
  • OEM G3/450 ZIF in B&W G3 (rated 1)
    (filed under "other brand" category)

You can find these full reports by searching the database selecting the indicated Mac model and upgrade card brand/type. If you've upgraded the CPU on your Mac, please post an entry in the database. Search the database for entries from most every upgradable Mac model *before* you buy. (Searchable by mac model/upgrade brand)

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Video Card/System Benchmark Performance Database Updated:
Updates to the Mac Game/Video Card Performance database included:

  • Quake3 DEMO ( 640x480, 800x600, 1024x768, 1280x1024 ) from 2001 G4/466 with GeForce2MX card
  • Quake3 Retail (640x480) from 400MHz G4/AGP with Radeon AGP card
  • Quake3 Retail (640x480) from 400MHz G4/AGP with Rage128 Pro AGP card
  • Cinebench 2000 scores from Yikes (G4 no AGP) with Radeon PCI card
  • Throughput 1.5 benchmark score from 7200 w/90MHz 601 (onboard video)

Total entries in the database to date: 2,375. If you haven't already, enter your results with any of the game titles or benchmarks listed on the entry page (details on how to test are there). If you're curious how a CPU upgrade or new Video card would help game performance, the search page options can help you find similar system/configurations to get an idea before you buy.
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Rate Your Mac Games (Reader Reviews Database) Updated:
Today's Reader's Rate Their Mac Games database updates included a review of Star Trek Elite Force, Deus Ex and Diablo II . Total reviews including all titles is 718. Since each review entry also notes system details like CPU type/speed, RAM and Video card type, these reviews are also good to see how well games play on various Mac models and video cards (important to know before you buy). If you've not already done so enter a game review.
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Software Updates, Apple TILs, Other Net News:
Reported By: Barney Buoy

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